This is a long post – almost an essay. Please find a comfortable position before reading.
All we have to do is look around at the world and it is profoundly evident that evil is in this world. The mass murder in New Zealand is evidence enough, and it will not be the last time either. All we have to do is look to the mass tribal genocides and persecutions of Christians in Africa and other places to know that we live in a world cursed by evil.
While we are fortunate to live in a country largely untouched by such violence, it does happen. The victims vary although the mass murders in our schools, colleges, and places of worship garner the most attention. The response is usually to blame the weapon used, and the “solution” is to ban whatever weapon was used.
This is exactly the wrong response.
A weapon is an inanimate object, incapable of thinking or acting on its own, and therefore cannot influence a person’s actions. For weapons to cause the damage they do, a person must be using the weapon. The cause of the atrocities is therefore the person or persons using the weapons with evil intent.
This is not something that people want to think. To believe that people are capable of such wanton destruction and murder is beyond the Utopia that certain people believe can be had if all weapons can be removed from the earth. It goes against the feeling that a person can be safe if all weapons are gone. They do not or cannot believe that there is evil in this world so horrible that they personally could be harmed.
This is all self-delusion. The belief that one is safe only means that one feels safe. That is a far cry from actually being safe. People want to feel safe even though events around them state that is not true.
I have purposefully left off the names of weapons because a variety of weapons besides firearms that have been used throughout history. For instance:
- The first recorded murder was committed with a rock.
- Box cutters (knives) were used to hijack four planes, and resulted in almost 3,000 deaths.
- Bombs have been used to bring down schools (Bath, Michigan) and buildings (Oklahoma City), resulting in multiple deaths
- Knives are a problem in London, where for the first time knife-related murders exceeded firearm-related deaths in New York in 2018.
- Two days after Sandy Hook, a man in China attacked and injured over 24 people with a knife.
- There are videos on YouTube of people being attacked and killed by hands (fists) and feet.
- This past weekend, there was a video posted of a man attacking an elderly woman on the subway (I understand she lived).
- We can read ancient history of huge battles that were fought with knives, arrows, and swords of which the numbers are absolutely staggering.
And I could go on with a historical record of man’s inhumanity to man from a purely academic view. But I cannot ignore the personal record and experiences of the people around me. To whit:
I personally know three women who have been sexually assaulted. A coworker’s apartment was broken into & robbed, and he was beaten so badly that he died after a week in the hospital. I have been personally shot at, robbed, and assaulted. For someone to tell me that all my fellow humans are of good nature and harmless because they believe so, I call BS on them.
There is an adage that Good will overcome Evil. That will only happen if Good is prepared and ready to confront Evil with everything they have, and have a bit of luck on their side.
The mass murder in New Zealand shows us exactly what it looks like when Good is unprepared and disarmed by the country they live in. The response of the victims was to huddle in the corners and pray they wouldn’t be killed. That obviously didn’t work as the murderer went around to the corners and killed at leisure. No one had a weapon in which to fight back. The murderer was only stopped when he got careless and was disarmed & held at gunpoint with his own weapon.
Yet this is what the gun-banners want – for us to be helpless in the face of Evil. Their response in the face of evil is to disarm. This is absolute effing insanity.
I’ve read accounts of where elderly people were assaulted and killed in their own homes. I’ve also read accounts where elderly people defended themselves with firearms when their homes were broken into. Same accounts on both parts for women, children (who were responsible beyond their years), and men. The common thread is that people who had little or no means to defend themselves ended up hurt or dead. The common thread is that people who could defend themselves usually survived the encounter with little or no harm, and about half of the assailants were shot, and a quarter of those did not survive the encounter (this last is an observation on my part of news reports – no scientific data to back it up).
It is a human right from time immemorial to defend yourself and your family. To state otherwise is professing that you would much rather be a victim and die. This is a harsh reality that many would rather not think about since we are supposed to be “civilized.” The truth is that evil people take advantage of this “civilization” to take what they want and do what they will. It is only that “civilization” has laws that are enforced by force that rampant evil is kept at bay.
There are those people, who have good intentions, who believe that criminals are products of society, products of their upbringing, endured traumas when they were children, etc. To a certain point, that can be true, but only to a certain point. People have minds, make decisions and choices. They can, if they want to, work to better their circumstances. However, they can also make a choice to turn to Evil to get what they want. Perhaps this is a Utopian view, but I see people like Doctor Ben Carson go from the Detroit ghettos to a successful neurosurgeon, so I know it is possible with dedication and hard work. Others in the same situation have no hope, support, or opportunities, but even people in those circumstances do not choose evil as their way of life. In most circumstances, it is a conscious choice to choose criminality as a way of life.
But I digress somewhat…
The fact is that there are people – criminals, mentally ill, or just plain lost – that can and will cause you and yours harm if given the right set of circumstances and opportunity. This also brings us to this point in time of where our society finds it more comfortable in blaming an inanimate object rather than holding the person committing the crime accountable. There are only so many excuses one can make before realizing that there are truly evil people in the world, those that are far beyond any redemption or moral guidance. This is a harsh reality that there is absolutely no getting around no matter what rainbow you’re under or what unicorn you ride.
So where does that leave the rest of us – the law-abiding, responsible people that make up the majority of society? For that to happen, let’s take a couple of steps back so we can try and have an objective view.
The media and politicians have both asserted that there is a rash of gun violence and mass murders in the United States and the world. In some respects, there is some rational for that, the latest being the murders in New Zealand. But let’s take a look at just the figures in the United States for comparison.
In round numbers, the United States has a population of roughly 330 million people. Gun related deaths run approximately 33,000 per year (give or take). Of those deaths, 2/3rds are suicides. The remaining deaths (11,000 per year) are the results of crimes and accidents, and those have been declining since 1993 per the CDC. These are facts that have been published but not widely distributed by the media.
Also is the assertion that mass murders are common. Per the FBI, 250 active shooter incidents occurred between 2000 and 2017 with 799 fatalities and 1,418 wounded. Obviously, not all of these receive the attention of Sandy Hook, Orlando, or Las Vegas, but they occur nonetheless. And per the graphics, they are on the rise but do not necessarily result in high fatalities.
Also, when looking at the graphics at the FBI site, it confirmed what I had supposed was true about the locations of these shootings – by and large, they were in areas that firearms were restricted or banned. The statistic of 98% of mass shootings occurring in “gun free” zones has been published in various articles over the years. This, in my opinion, is a problem – the law-abiding follow the laws whereas the criminals do not.
The odds of anyone being in a mass shooting are pretty slim. But what about the day to day crime, especially where a person defends themselves with a firearm?
There have been studies conducted by Gary Kleck of Florida State University and John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center on the defensive uses of firearms. Their conclusions is that there are 800,000 to 1,200,000 defensive uses of firearms per year, thus preventing people from being robbed, assaulted, and murdered. Interestingly enough, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) conducted their own survey in 15 states, and as reported in several different publications, implied that over 2,000,000 uses of firearms for defensive purposes per year.
To me, that means 2,000,000 less victims per year…or 2,000,000 more if disarmed.
Gun control advocates have long stated that guns are unnecessary, and that the police will protect the population. To put it bluntly, they are consciously lying through their teeth or have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.
The courts have long held that the police are under no obligation to protect citizens from crimes. The last case that I’m aware of that reinforced this ruling is that of Parkland Officer Scott Peterson.
Officer Peterson remained outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the shooting was going on inside. Officer Peterson and the Sheriff’s Department was sued by the parents of the victims for the wrongful deaths of their children. I understand that the courts eventually dismissed the case citing that there was no obligation of the officer to risk his life to protect the children inside even though that was one of his duties for being posted to the school!
And it continues on…
The politicians of both parties, from time to time, propose new regulations for firearms, anything from “universal background checks” to extreme-protection orders to magazine restrictions. These are touted to reduce crime and gun violence. Wrong.
Criminals obtain their weapons from illegal means (theft, straw purchases, or street buys). Mass murderers obtain their weapons from these sources as well as legal purchases. Any proposal or new law has been proven over and over again that these measures have no effect on the reduction of crime or other instances of gun violence. Laws cannot stop the sale of a stolen firearm, which is where most criminals say they got theirs
The various gun control groups (Mom’s Demand Action, Brady United, Everytown for Gun Safety, etc.) have all stated at one time or another that their ultimate goal is to ban firearms and disarm the private citizens of this country. The Democrat Party candidates for President have almost all stated that the country needs to follow New Zealand’s example in the wake of their mass shooting for gun control, which is to ban and confiscate all guns. They also claim that such measures will reduce crime and mass shootings.
What this means is that the Democratic candidates and the gun control groups would want ban firearms and increase the number of victims from violent crimes. In other words, the Democrats and the gun control people would prefer to sacrifice you and your family to gain control over your safety, self-defense, and life.
That, my friends, is a special kind of evil…
To be continued…